The "Monster", who will face mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8) on his return to the ring, is said to have looked sharp in the spar and although it was clear he had spent time away from the ring he looked in great condition and shape.
Whilst the bout with Carmona certainly wasn't what many fans were hoping to see Inoue in next it does seem likely that the bout will come with a highly interesting bout for stablemate Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東], with the two expecting to come as a double act on a Fuji TV show. The worldwide fans are likely to get the highly anticipated US debut of Inoue.
Over the next few weeks we're expecting to see Inoue spar with some notable partners and those spars will help prepare him for Carmona, who incidentally fought to a draw with Inoue's most recent opponent, Warlito Parrenas (24-7-1, 21).
(Image courtesy of Naoya Inoue's blog)